Thursday, March 4, 2010

Planning for I Do

As a former member of the Solutions team I know how much fun brides have while finding their dream gown. Champagne flows, you best friend cries, it’s an amazing experience! As a wedding planner, I also know that not every detail of planning your big day is as picture perfect as a Saturday at Solutions. With a background in the wedding industry I recently launched Stylish Traditions, a wedding and event planning company in Tampa. Starting today I’ll be writing weekly blog postings with helpful hints and planning tips on everything from finding the right flowers to budgeting. Helping brides create perfectly planned weddings, now that’s what I call an amazing experience!

Heather M. Stewart- Stylish Traditions Wedding & Event Design

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Top 10 Advice on finding the DRESS!

  • Number One Rule: Be open minded! What you think reminds you of your grandmother's dress on the hanger, may in fact be the dress of your dreams.
  • Bring someone that knows your style better than their own. I'm sure the groom doesn't want to see you in something that your bestfriend would wear on her wedding day
  • DON'T PURCHASE YOUR DRESS ONLINE! You miss out on the whole experience.
  • Don't worry what the groom will think. If he loves you, he will love what you pick.
  • Have fun! Remember that you have been dreaming of this day since you were five. Don't let the decision put a cloud over your head
  • If you hate the little bow on the dress, ask the consultant if you can order it Chances are you can. Keep in mind (contrary to what the magazines always say) there might be a charge for it. It won't lower the cost of the dress.
  • Price vs. Love: If you love the dress, GO FOR IT! Don't settle for less on what your wearing for your big day. You can always take some of the budget from the centerpieces and so on. No one will know and we won't tell.
  • Research designers online and make a scrap book of styles that you like. Do keep in mind, that it may all change when you start trying on.
  • Save the group shopping for the mall. This should be a personal experience that you should only share with one or two.
  • When you find it, you find it. Don't second guess yourself or you will pick your second favorite.